Nigeria Digest #126

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
24 July 2020

Nigeria Digest #126 (Volume 3 issue 58) – Take Action and write to your country’s Nigerian ambassador and copy in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

#FreeZakzaky protests continued in Nigeria. Help those in need through your qurbani donations.

You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign and information, videos and audio and details on the Sheikh on the Free Zakzaky campaign page.

Action Alert

We are asking campaigners to write to their country’s Nigerian ambassador / high commissioner and copy in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. During this week, #FreeZakzaky protests continued in Nigeria. Help those in need through your qurbani donations, in Nigeria the families of many Islamic Movement supporters killed or injured are now unable to provide for themselves and are reliant on charitable donations for their essential needs.

Please help support those injured by police brutality, and the families of those killed by the security services, by donating to the IHRC Trust Nigeria Fund here.

Above all, please remember all the oppressed in your prayers

Action Alert 

IHRC are calling upon campaigners to write to their country’s Nigerian ambassador / High Commissioner and copy in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention demanding the Nigerian authorities order the release of political prisoners immediately. A model letter is provided.

Model email

Dear [Insert Ambassador / High Commissioner’s name],

I am shocked to find that the Nigerian president’s amnesty on 9 April to 2500 prisoners did not include Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah and indeed other political prisoners. The Sheikh and his wife are both aged over 60 and are suffering from severe health conditions.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah continue to be held in illegal detention despite a 2016 Federal High Court ruling that their detention is unlawful and unconstitutional. I urge your government to release Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, his wife Muallima Zeenah and other political prisoners immediately. Their continued illegal detention in Kaduna State prison poses a high risk to their health especially in the current COVID19 outbreak.

This is a policy that needs to be implemented quickly in Nigeria not just for the Sheikh and his wife, who both have underlying health conditions, but for all political prisoners wherever possible for the sake of justice and also the sake of Nigerian society as a whole.
[Your name]

Recipient Addresses

Click on following link to find the name, address and contact details of the relevant diplomat in your country:

Selected names and email addresses of Ambassadors / High Commissioners can be found below.  Please contact us if you have trouble finding the details of your country.

Please remember to also cc/ in Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:

UK:  Mr Olukunle A. Bamgbose, Acting High Commissioner,,

France: Mr Hakeem O. Sulaiman , Ambassador,
Malaysia: Nurudeen Muhammed , Chargé d’Affaires,
Turkey: Mr Ahmed Abdulhamid, Ambassador,
Iran: Mr Hamzat Ibrahim, Ambassador,
India: Mr Sola Enikanolaye , High Commisioner, 
Sweden: Mrs Jane Ada Ndem, Chargé d’Affaires

Note: Due to the COVID19 outbreak, we do not advise sending letters by post


Find all the articles selected this week on our website.  Here are a selected few.

Protest to Commemorate Anniversary of Federal Secretariat Killings
22 July 2020
Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky staged #FreeZakzaky protest in commemoration of 1-year anniversary of Federal Secretariat killings by Nigerian securities, which they killed dozens of peaceful protesters. The first since 22/7/2019, at the Secretariat. Click here for further details and pictures.

IHRC Event Report: FREE ZAKZAKY – The Struggle Continues
21 July 2020
IHRC held an online event on Sunday, 28 June to with a range of guest speakers to discuss updates on the matter and what needs to be done to end the injustice. Chaired by Raza Kazim (IHRC), he opens with an introduction into Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria’s activism, mentioning his slogan ‘Our greatest weapon is the truth’, a slogan which he has lived by and willing to sacrifice his life for. Click here to read the details of the event.

Protests Continued in Abuja Against Detention of Sheikh Zakzaky 
20 July 2020
Daily protests against continues detention of Sheikh Zakzaky took place in Abuja on Tuesday the 21st of July 2020. See pictures below


Find more videos from recent weeks as well as the archives on the Free Zakzaky audio and video page.
Find a selection below.


Click here to read the IHRC report on Nigeria published on 10 June 1997 “REPORT ON NIGERIA EXPOSES NEW HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST MUSLIMS”

Click here to read IHRC Press release “ICC cautioned against blaming victims in Nigeria massacre investigation”, published on 06 March 2018.

Follow the IHRC #FreeZakzaky campaign for all the latest action alerts, press releases, reports, background, videos and more.

The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to free all who are illegally detained focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The opinions expressed in the digest do not necessarily reflect the views of IHRC.